Christopher Urbina, M.D., recently was named the state's new Chief Medical Officer and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director. Said Gov. John Hickenlooper, "Dr. Urbina is uniquely qualified to oversee all aspects of the Department of Public Health and Environment. He is a physician and public health expert who knows Colorado and knows how to build consensus on complicated issues. Chris also has extensive experience finding community-based solutions that involve the environment, systems and policy changes. He will serve our state well."
Since 2004, Urbina has served as the director of Denver Public Health at Denver Health and is known for his community involvement as the co-chair of the Colorado Public Health Improvement Plan – From Act to Action. Among Urbina's extensive professional background, detailed below in Partners for Colorado's article, he also teaches at the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.